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Automusings… (Seems appropriate for Cruise time)

In Think About It on August 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

As the Woodward Dream Cruise approaches (day after tomorrow, as it happens), it brings to mind several things both sweet and sad.

The beautiful classic cars and hot rods are things of beauty and joys for most times… and they also bring back the marques that are with us no longer.

The Oakland… the Essex… the Stevens, the Duryea, the Winton, the Stutz, the Pierce-Arrow… the Hudson, the Nash, the Rambler, the LaSalle… the DeSoto, the Packard, the Studebaker, the Edsel… the Saturn… the Oldsmobile, the Pontiac, the Plymouth… Datsuns became Nissans…  Body by Fisher… LeBaron coachwork…

55 Chevy hood ornament

Gordon Buehrig’s designs for Duesenberg, Auburn, and Cord…  the 1937 Cord having front wheel drive, thirty years before the Oldsmobile Toronado and the Cadillac Eldorado… Packard’s motto, “Ask the man who owns one”… George Romney building the American Center building in Southfield, replacing the old American Motors headquarters on Plymouth Road in Detroit…  The Lynch Road Chrysler plant, now headquarters for The Parade Company, who puts on America’s Thanksgiving Parade, and other charitable endeavors…

Times were such, then, that we were the Kings of the Highway, and we knew it.  Now, we’re just few among many… but we remember.

Ah, do we remember…

  1. I never thought of it that way, well put!

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